Railways In HC: President Entrusted State Govt Power To Acquire Land On Bullet Train Project


Railways In HC: President Entrusted State Govt Power To Acquire Land On Bullet Train Project

More than three months after litigations were filed in the Gujarat High Court challenging land acquisition process for the bullet train project by the state government on several grounds including that it is not the appropriate authority to acquire lands, the Ministry of Railways on Thursday filed an affidavit informing the court that the President of India has issued a notification on October 8 “entrusting the functions of the Central Government as appropriate Government under the said Act may be performed by the Government of Gujarat.”

The affidavit states: “All the actions taken by the Government of Gujarat in relation to the acquisition of land within the territory of Gujarat for the aforesaid purpose which shall be deemed to have been taken for and own behalf of the Central Government and shall be deemed to be legal and valid for all purposes.” The affidavit has annexed copies of notification that declares the state government as appropriate authority for acquiring land. Read more

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